Wednesday, 25 August 2010

Starting Up

Washminster returns after its short break. During the next few months, amongst other things, this blog will enhance its coverage of matters procedural. So to get things off to a start the video below shows the first day of business in the House of Representatives.

A CRS Report explains what happens on the first day.

The key events are

* Election of the Speaker
* Swearing in of Members
* Announcement of Party Leaders
* Election of Officers (non-members)
* Notification to the Senate and to the President
* Adoption of House Rules of Procedure
* Adoption of a Daily Meeting Time for the House
* Committee Organization
* Other announcements are made and resolutions passed